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The Mequon-Thiensville School District has received an overall score of 86.5 from the Department of Public Instruction, which is categorized as "significantly exceeds expectations."

The DPI rates all of the 424 public school districts in the state and issues an accountability index score between 0 and 100.

All six MTSD schools received ratings of 81 or greater, which means all schools either "exceed expectations" or "significantly exceeded expectations," according to the DPI ratings.  The district achieved the highest overall score in the 4K-12 with more than 3,500 students.

Homestead High School had some notable achievements highlighted in a news release from the district, including being one of only two high schools to achieve the "significantly exceeds expectations" for the last three years the DPI has released report cards.  The school also achieved the second highest overall score, with an 89.0, among traditional high schools in Wisconsin.

Principal Brett Bowers said Homestead is committed to the success of students as well as to reduce the performance gaps of students due to race or disability status. He added that the faculty and staff work to strengthen the "student-focused culture."

"Homestead's report card score tells us that we are on the right track while simultaneously reminding us of our goals that are yet to be reached," Bowers said. "We are proud of where we are and are motivated to continue growing and improving."

Homestead wasn't the only school that had some notable statistics.  Oriole Lane Elementary received a 95.7, the highest overall school score for a 4K-5 school, according to the release.

“Our students are among the highest achieving in the state because of their ability to think critically, seek innovation and approach learning through an inquiry perspective,” said Superintendent Demond Means.  “Our passionate educators have an intentional focus to nurture these skills for lifelong learning among students of all ages and achievement levels.”

Rating

The DPI looks at four categories when it creates its district report card: student achievement, student growth, closing gaps, and on-track to graduation/postsecondary readiness.

Schools are also evaluated based off of student engagement.

The ratings land the district into one of five categories and they get one to five stars.

According to the release, the DPI implemented a few changes this year, including "a weighting formula to account for poverty when priority area scores are combined into the overall score."

They also used a new method to calculate student growth and used the Forward Exam data.

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